In every interview I have ever been in, I get asked questions such as these:
- Do you consider yourself a hard worker?
- How would you rate your expertise in [whatever area]?
- Do you think you're a fast learner?
Every time, I'm stumped about how to answer. Truthfully, I am a hard worker, I usually have a high degree of expertise in whatever I'm applying for, I do consider myself a very fast learner, etc. But how can you give those answers without sounding self-absorbed or arrogant? Are you expected to simply answer "Oh, I guess I'm okay," as a sign of humility, even if that doesn't adequately reflect your ability? If you are truly trying to be competitive in an interview, you want to make yourself look the best that you can... but it seems like when you are asked these questions, there is absolutely no way to do that.
How I usually respond to these questions usually sounds something like:
Well, you would have to ask [my boss, so-and-so], because I'm obviously not the most objective judge. But personally, yes, I do consider myself a very reliable and hard worker.
This is as close as I have come to being sufficiently humble while still showing self-confidence. But to this day I have no idea if this answer is appropriate or right, or what an interviewer is looking for when they ask this question, or how one is supposed to respond in such a scenario.